CASS at North Bay High School Tourney

CASS vs Horizon in the Final.
CASS vs Horizon in the Final.
photo by Todd Showan.

Mac Ableson, Michael Shaw, Mason Mortimore and Austin Mortimore each scored to pace the Huskies to a 4-2 win against St. Benedict on Thursday morning in North Bay.

In their second game against Horizon, CASS suffered a 4-2 defeat, in a rough and tumble affair.  

With 3 tournament games against Horizon this year already, the temperature in this game was high from the beginning.  Cole Ouimette, with his first career high school goal, and Mac Ableson cobbled together goals a period apart but CASS was unable to make a comeback.

In their third round robin game against Manitoulin, CASS found themselves down 3-1 despite badly outplaying their opponent. But that didn’t last long.

A long stretch pass from Ty Showan to Austin Mortimore resulted in a great effort and deke by Mortimore to notch the first CASS goal, and tie the game. Spencer Osborne knocked in a goalmouth pass from Chase MacIntyre to make it 3-2.

Just 12 seconds into the third period Ableson tied the game at 3.  Manitoulin took a 4 minute high sticking penalty that left Austin Mortimore on the ice for several minutes.  That powerplay opportunity was enough for Mason Mortimore to put CASS up 4-3 with a bardown bullet through traffic.

Zack Mercer and Joel Lameroux each notched a goal as the third period wound down. 

Manitoulin potted their final goal with 3 seconds left but it was not enough as CASS wins 6-4 to move into the quarter final game this afternoon.

CASS vs Timmins quarter final game. 

After finishing 2nd in their division, CASS faced off against Timmins in their quarter final game

Despite being a hard hitting and fast first period the score remained 0-0.

In the second more fast paced play ensued.

Trent Smith had the best shift of the game thus far with great effort in the Timmins end and a hard backcheck to break up a Timmins chance.

With CASS on a powerplay, Austin Mortimore scored on a goalmouth scramble to put CASS up 1-0 at the 6:50 mark

Back to back penalties left CASS 2 players short, and Timmins was quick to tie it up at 1.

Mason Mortimore scored on a breakaway at the 12:15 mark to put CASS up 2-1, and Chase MacInntyre scored a shortie with a clapper from the top of the circle on the next shift. 

Timmins scored a late goal with 6 seconds left but it was not enough, as CASS wins 3-2.

Semi-Final vs. Algonquin Barons 

After an early goal to put CASS up 1-0 in the first, Algonquin answered at the 11 minute mark of the 2nd period to tie it at 1.

With CASS shorthanded, Michael Shaw knocks in a rebound off a Chase MacIntyre shot to put CASS up 2 to 1. 

At 9:39 MacIntyre again leads the CASS charge and makes it 3-1 with a short handed slap shot from the top of the circle.

Algonquins Ethan Martin brings the game back into reach at 7:11 to make it 3-2.

Algonquin stormed back with 4 minutes to play in the 3rd, tieing the game at 3. 

A mini brawl followed a blatant vicious headshot on CASS player Tyra Giasson that saw the Algonquin player ejected from the game with 3 minutes left. Giasson held her own in the melee but did not see action again.

Algonquin pressed hard for the final 3 minutes. With both Ableson and MacIntyre in the box after the melee, Tyler Greco was lights out, making save after save to give CASS a chance.  

Zack Mercer, Ty Showan and Cole Ouimette anchored the CASS defence through the final minutes of the game, keeping Algonquin shots to the perimeter and punishing the North Bay forwards with rugged old time play in front of Greco.

Despite putting 2 off the crossbar in the final minute, Algonquin could not beat Greco, who stopped 8 quality shots as the final 3 minutes ticked away.  

CASS came out flying in the 5 minute overtime period. 3 minutes in, Mac Ableson made an end to end rush, weaving through the Algonquin defenders. His deft pass from behind the net to the slot resulted in a quick shot and goalmouth scramble. Spencer Osborn hammered home the rebound to give CASS the 4-3 overtime win, and set a date in the final against Horizon.

CASS VS HORIZON- FINAL 

After a fast paced first period with good chances for both teams, the score remained 0-0.

Finally with 1 minute remaining in the 2nd, Austin Mortimore pounced on a loose puck 4 feet to the side of the net and beat the Horizon goalie over the shoulder on the far side to put CASS up 1-0. 

With CASS in penalty trouble, and Horizon on a 2-man advantage as time ran down in the period, a quick passing play gave the Horizon forward an open net and he made no mistake, beating a sprawling Tyler Greco as the horn sounded.  

Horizon pulled ahead 2-1 at the 11 minute mark of the 3rd period after CASS could not clear their zone. 

CASS pressed hard all the way through the third period, but could not beat the Horizon goalie Owen Kilganon, who made several highlight reel saves to keep Horizon ahead. 

With 4:24 left in the 3rd, Horizon put the game away on a beautiful individual effort by the Horizon forward, who beat Tyler Greco through heavy traffic.  

CASS battled as time wound down, but Kilganon stood tall to preserve the win.

HORIZON wins the North Bay High School tourney. 

Game commentary written by Todd Showan and submitted by Coach Nigel Good.

Upcoming home games for CASS Huskies:

​Dec. 18th  1:00pm @ Desbarats vs. Superior Heights
Jan. 11th  7:00pm @ Thessalon vs. Korah
Jan. 17th  7:30pm @ Thessalon vs. St. Mary’s
Feb. 1st   3:00pm @ Thessalon vs. Korah